CONTENTdm Featured Collections: March 2018

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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: The Dr. Bert J. Davidson Medical Bookplate Collection, The Claude and ZerNorna Black Papers Collection, and the Edgar R. Hyde Papers Collection.

The Dr. Bert J. Davidson Medical Bookplate Collection

The Dr. Bert J. Davidson Medical Bookplate Collection

Western University of Health Sciences

Bookplates have been used to identify book ownership since the 15th century, often designed and executed by graphic artists.  Initially, they mostly showed heraldic motifs, but in the last 125 years the emphasis has been on artistic qualities and many ex libris are examples of high art.  There are many bookplate collectors.

All the bookplates shown in this collection are by established, and in some cases famous artists from the Netherlands and Belgium spanning the 20th Century.  Most of these are original graphic works, a few are copies.  They all relate to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or psychology.  Many add interesting information and symbols pertaining to the book owners. 

Claude and ZerNona Black Papers Collection

The Claude and ZerNorna Black Papers Collection

Trinity University Coates Library

The Claude and ZerNona Black Papers were acquired by the Coates Library in October 2011.  The collection is approximately 100 cubic feet, and documents the civil rights, civic activism, and Baptist ministry of Reverend Claude William Black, Jr. (1916-2009) and his wife, ZerNona Stewart Black (1906-2005) in San Antonio, Texas.   

The documents span the years from the early 1900s through 2009, and include ministry work with the Mount Zion First Baptist Church, where Reverend Black served as minister for over 49 years; handwritten and typed manuscripts and recordings related to sermons, memorial services, and explorations of religious doctrine and community service; daily agendas, scrapbooks, photographs, event brochures, political ephemera;  newspaper clippings about city council and participation in city events; correspondence with local and national figures of social and political importance, including Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, and Lyndon Baines Johnson; and funeral programs, neighborhood publications, and memorabilia that reveal the history of the African American community in San Antonio and its place in the national civil rights movement.

Edgar R. Hyde Papers Collection

The Edgar R. Hyde Papers Collection

Norwich University Archives

Dr. Edgar Hyde served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Along with the typescript of his diary, photographs taken by Dr. Hyde document his time as head of the 91st Evacuation Hospital, a 400-bed semi-mobile evacuation hospital in the European Theater of Operations. Originally designated as the 6th Surgical Hospital, the unit was re-designated as an evacuation hospital in 1942.

After his discharge, he practiced medicine in Northfield, VT, serving as physician for both the town and Norwich University for over thirty-five years. His reminiscences look back on his education at Dartmouth College and Cornell University as well as his medical practice after World War II.